“So it was always: the cloud covered it [tabernacle] by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the Children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents.
At the command of the Lord the Children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the Children of God kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey.
So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days: according to the command of the Lord they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the Lord, they would journey.
So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, then they would journey. Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey.”—Numbers 9:16-22
God makes promises to each of us who have the heart to follow His will. But before promise is fulfilled, there must be preparation.
Preparation is not an easy journey. It’s in preparation that God smoothens out the rough edges that would otherwise hinder us in growth and preservation. Preparation equips us with everything we need to fulfill the work and destiny that God has planned for us.
The problem with this for some of us is that, at the onset, when God makes His promise, we tend to want to rush and speed things up. We want it fulfilled in our own time. But as time goes, and we begin to learn and gain wisdom, we realize that learning is a lifelong process. We stop asking, ‘How long will it take to get there?’ We start seeing, instead, how far we can possibly go, and also, how much we still have to learn.
With this new perspective on life, we may even fall into the worry that we have so much to learn that we may never make it to our destiny in time. Fear starts to seep in. This is where maintaining focus on Jesus is so important. The preparation season won’t last forever. There will come a day when we will step into promise. One has to make the decision to trust God no matter what and move at His pace and leading.
Trust God’s pace.
He didn’t only design your destiny, but also the pathway to it. Taking a look at the Scripture above, you’d notice that the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land, moved ONLY at God’s pace and leading. Some days, they lasted in a location two days, moving quite fast, while some other times, they lasted in a place for two months or more. God knew the times that they needed more rest, planning and refreshing for the journey ahead, and He also knew the times they needed to move quickly, whether by day or by night. In the end, when they got to the Promised Land after forty years, it wasn’t because of poor leadership or misdirection from God, but rather, disobedience. God had amply prepared them for war, but they chose fear and saw themselves as grasshoppers in comparison to their enemy, refusing to trust God’s word spoken over them.
Each one of us can choose not to make the same mistake. We can choose to trust God’s pace, whether it’s two days in one place or two weeks…months, years or even twenty. He is faithful and able, not only to prepare us to inherit His promises, but to get us there at the right time. Moving in pace with God is one of the best decisions you could ever make in your faith walk. It is a place of peace, trust, and rest. Selah
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a screenwriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2017, she was invited by actress, Jenn Gotzon to become one of contributing writers for the forthcoming and highly anticipated Christmas comedy movie, The Farmer and the Belle, due for release soon. In 2018, Miranda was invited by Waterbrook Multnomah to be one of book bloggers to be part of a special launch team that helps launch its elite authors whose books have been listed as bestsellers on the New York Times Lists.
*The article, In Pace With God, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).